Ladies, summer is now truly upon us, well it certainly is here in London, and tis the season to have fun with our feet, though not, we must add, at the expense of the planet or people. Happily there is a wide range of seriously stylish ethical footwear brands out there these days, there's really no need to compromise on ethics or aesthetics. So buff up those toes, paint your nails and enjoy strutting your stuff in the sunshine. Sandals don't come much sexier or sassier than the following five pairs, which range from hot party pink Melissa's to practical yet stylish Po-Zu's. Sizzling Summer Party
We heart these Lady Dragon Heart Pink Heels by Vivienne Westwood for Brazilian footwear brand Melissa. Cute, sassy and hot to trot for a sexy summer party. Melissa shoes are made from fully recyclable injection molded plastic, an unusual shoe making process which cuts out waste from the production line. They're a great vegan choice.
These super chic Brahmi Gunmetal by NeuAura are another excellent vegan choice. Designer Arti Upadhyay says she started her shoe brand because, "I am a vegetarian who also believes in a fashion-forward lifestyle. Over the years I have come across many women like me, who were looking for fashionable, high-quality, and affordable animal-friendly products." NeuAura shoes are made in a Brazilian 'Green Seal' certified factory which works to strict environmental standards.
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Petz Scholtus recently wrote about this Spanish shoe brand's work with women in the Kenyan Maasai warrior tribe. Pikolino shoes are made in Spain using vegetable-tanned leather, water-based inks, dissolvent-free glues and biodegradable soles. They are certified by the eco EU Flower Label.
Hard wearing but minimally chic Po-Zu sandals are the perfect eco-friendly beach wear this summer. These Ziggy Red Hemp sandals feature Po-Zu's distinctive natural latex soles with imprinted butterfly logo. The foot mattress is made from 60% Coconut Husk, and 40% Natural Latex and moulds to your foot for extra comfort. The lining and upper straps are made from organic hemp.
Surely these Audrey sandals are perfect footwear for a summer wedding party. We love the pretty pastel colours and natural wooden heel. Terra Plana are one of the leading ethical shoe brands that continually innovate with minimal shoe parts, stitched constructions to minimize use of glues, and they often use recycled materials.
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